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It's how it works around here. I'm also on the Chesapeake and when I first joined SN someone in Annapolis offered to loan me his CAR when I sailed down if I needed to get supplies. Amazing.

I second the lunch at Leeward. I'm an SSCA member and that's another group of very generous folks. I've taken every SSCA webinar that Lee Chesneau has done and he's one to listen to. He's also a sailor.

Unfortunately I'll miss this next lunch but it's definitely one to put on your calendar if you can make it.
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You say you haven't seen anything worth making an offer on. What have you looked at that maybe caught your eye? Is there any particular brand/model/style that you are leaning towards? I ask, because if we had some idea of what you are looking for, maybe someone here will know of a particular boat that could fit the bill that maybe isn't being advertised.

When my wife and I were looking for our first boat, after looking at many, we decided a Catalina 27 best suited our needs. Then one day after looking at another so-so C-27 that wasn't worthy of an offer, the marina owner just happened to mention that he also had a Catalina 30 for sale as well. The moment we saw it, we knew it was the boat we wanted. Bought it the next day.

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We decided a Catalina 27 best suited our needs. Then one day after looking at another so-so C-27 that wasn't worthy of an offer, the marina owner just happened to mention that he also had a Catalina 30 for sale as well.
Sound exactly right. I've looked at two or three Cat 27's. Still waiting for the right one. I'm confident the right one will show up shortly.

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Welcome!

Another avenue for learning to sail is a Community Sailing Center, such as Downtown Sailing in Baltimore. They've got small keelboats (J/22 and Sonar, 22' and 23' respectively), as well as (max of 2-person) Access Dinghies.

Good folks, lessons are cheaper than in Annapolis, easy to get to - located in Baltimore next to Domino Sugar.


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Sound exactly right. I've looked at two or three Cat 27's. Still waiting for the right one. I'm confident the right one will show up shortly.

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If you like the C-27, you definitely need to add the C-30 to the list to look at. You will be amazed as to how much more interior room that extra 3' will give you. When we were looking at 27's, we didn't even know that 30's existed until we saw the one we bought.
It was our first boat, back in '94. Wife and I and our 2 sons who were 12 & 14 at the time. As far as handling goes. the 30 won't be anymore difficult than the 27 and you talked about moving up in size after a year or 2. Go for the 30 now....why wait.
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+1 on the Catalina 30.

If you and the crew are interested in the C30 and want to hoof it over to Rock Hall, we'd be happy to take you out for a few hours on a weekend (we work during the week).
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I see you moved up to the Cat 34!

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I went to their website. Very cool group.
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We'd be happy to take you out for a few hours on a weekend
Rock Hall's not that far. We'll bring the beer!
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